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15 out of 18 people found the following review useful:
Well-acted, atmospheric British thriller., 16 June 2001

Pamela Franklin and Michele Dotrice are British nurses on a cycling holiday in France. The two women have a disagreement and Franklin splits, while Dotrice stays behind. When Franklin returns a few minutes later to the spot where she left her friend, she discovers that the woman has mysteriously vanished. As if that weren't distressing enough, she learns from the local people that the site where her friend disappeared from is the same place where a lady tourist was found murdered a few years before. Moody, suspenseful British thriller with good performances, particularly by Franklin as the worried heroine.

21 out of 25 people found the following review useful:
Superior thriller with a wholly effective surprise ending., 16 June 2001

Based on a Lucille Fletcher play, this suspense-drama stars Elizabeth Taylor as a beautiful woman who is certain she has witnessed a murder, but has great difficulty convincing her husband and others. Sound like familiar material? Perhaps to a certain extent, but Taylor's brilliant performance, plus some genuine suspense, and a surprise ending that will knock you right out of your seat make this a superior thriller.

1 out of 1 people found the following review useful:
Well done made for TV chiller., 12 June 2001

En route to visit some friends in rural England, an American embassy worker suffers a vicious attack that leaves her unstable and intensely afraid of all men. When she learns that her attacker may still be on the loose, the increasingly unbalanced young woman seeks her own brand of justice that could prove fatal to several innocent parties. This Brian Clemens scripted made for TV thriller has some genuine suspense and a convincing performance by Pamela Franklin as the disturbed heroine.

Moderately creepy tele-thriller., 9 June 2001

A young woman enrolls in a Salem girls' school to investigate the mysterious circumstances surrounding her sister's suicide and uncovers a fiendish plot involving the devil himself. Predating Dario Argento's "Suspiria" by several years, this made for television thriller benefits from a strong lead performance by Pamela Franklin and some genuinely creepy atmosphere. Remade again for television in 2000 with Kate Jackson, who played a student in the original, now playing the part of the headmistress.

0 out of 1 people found the following review useful:
Well done made for TV thriller., 9 June 2001

En route to visit some friends in rural England, an American embassy worker suffers a vicious attack that leaves her unstable and desperate for revenge. When she learns that her attacker may still be on the loose, the young woman seeks her own brand of justice that could prove fatal to several innocent parties. This Brian Clemens-scripted made for television thriller has some genuine suspense and a convincing performance by Pamela Franklin as the disturbed heroine.

1 out of 3 people found the following review useful:
The quintessential ghost story!, 9 June 2001

Eerie, well-crafted horror-thriller about four people who investigate a dark, brooding mansion that is said to be the "Mt. Everest of Haunted Houses". Solid direction by John Hough. Pamela Franklin as a sexually repressed psychic is a definite standout.

13 out of 15 people found the following review useful:
So bad it's good!, 9 June 2001

Wasps, worms, chickens, and rats feed off of an icky, gooey substance that causes them to grow to gigantic proportions, then terrorize the occupants of a remote mountain cabin. This trashy adaptation of the classic H.G. Wells story isn't just any ordinary bad movie. It's a movie that starts off so bad that you are compelled to actually keep watching it to see how much worse it can possibly get, and you have one heck of a good time in the process. Surprisingly, the film does have some fine points. The special effects are really quite acceptable, considering the era and the film's limited budget. And, amazingly, some of the performers manage to retain their dignity. Pamela Franklin as a sassy lady scientist and Ida Lupino as a bible-spouting farmer's wife come off best. This movie was a remake of the 1965 release VILLAGE OF THE GIANTS, also filmed by Bert I. Gordon.

19 out of 27 people found the following review useful:
Secret Ceremony: A First-Rate Psycho-Drama., 29 May 2001

Joseph Losey's brilliant psychological drama follows the strange relationship between a prostitute(Elizabeth Taylor) and a waif-like girl(Mia Farrow) who resembles her deceased daughter. Taylor also bears an incredible likeness to Farrow's deceased mother, enabling the two women to create a world of their own where they can live as mother and daughter. Their secret world is disrupted, however, when Farrow's lecherous stepfather(Robert Mitchum) enters the scene. "Secret Ceremony" features expert performances from all, but it is Elizabeth Taylor who walks away with the honors, delivering a truly moving portrayal of an emotionally broken woman searching for some stability in her life. It's one of her most daring roles, and Miss Taylor handles it like the consummate actress that she is. The screenplay is by George Tabori, based on the prize-winning short story by Marco Denevi. (Universal later cut footage from the film and added extra scenes to make the picture acceptable for a television audience. Luckily, the video version is the original, uncut theatrical release).

0 out of 1 people found the following review useful:
Interesting follow-up to HOUSE OF DARK SHADOWS., 19 May 2001

The second film based on the phenomenally popular Gothic soap opera DARK SHADOWS, NIGHT OF DARK SHADOWS is an effectively creepy ghost story. David Selby and Kate Jackson(in their film debut) play newlyweds who move into the Gothic Collinwood estate and are visited by a beautiful 18th-century witch(Lara Parker) who starts to control the mind and body of the groom. While extremely rich in Gothic atmosphere and very well-acted by the entire cast, NIGHT OF DARK SHADOWS isn't the same success story as it's predecessor, HOUSE OF DARK SHADOWS, but fans of the series should still find plenty to like. NIGHT OF DARK SHADOWS has generally been snubbed by critics and audiences alike for the past thirty years, and many claim that the film just plain doesn't make any sense. That's because the heads of MGM ordered producer/director Dan Curtis to cut over forty minutes worth of footage! But DS enthusiasts will be very excited to know that footage cut from the film has been recovered, and NIGHT OF DARK SHADOWS is currently under restoration. It could very well be that, at last, this unfairly unappreciated film will finally receive the recognition that it so richly deserves.

14 out of 16 people found the following review useful:
The best vampire flick of the '70's!, 18 May 2001

This is one of the best horror films of the '70's, and certainly the best vampire flick of that decade. Based on the highly successful supernatural soap opera DARK SHADOWS, this feature film version of the ever popular series recounts the resurrection of Barnabas Collins(Jonathan Frid), a 175-year-old vampire who passes himself off as a modern-day descendant of the Collins clan. While staying at the Gothic Collinwood estate, Barnabas becomes entranced by a beautiful governess(Kathryn Leigh Scott) who bears a striking resemblance to his long-lost love, Josette, and determines to make the young woman his new bride. Few films based on Tv shows work, but HOUSE OF DARK SHADOWS is an exception to that rule and like the TV series on which it is based, HOUSE OF DARK SHADOWS has developed into a cult classic over the years. Like its sequel, 1971's NIGHT OF DARK SHADOWS, the film is currently under restoration. There are several sequences from both films missing. Hopefully, the generally unfavorable opinion of NIGHT will change once all of the missing footage has been recovered, and the film will then rank right up there along with its predecessor like it should.


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